Scarborough, ME - Angelo “Tony” Lacognata, 89, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017, Patriot’s Day, at his home surrounded by his family, just one month shy of his 90th birthday.
He was born May 25 1927 in Buffalo, New York, the son of the late Angelo and Josephine (Capitano) Lacognata, both of whom immigrated from Sicily
Upon graduating from high school, he joined the Navy in 1944, and was stationed in Okinawa. Shortly after being honorably discharged from the Navy, he opted to re-enlist in the Marines, and was stationed in the Philippines. After another honorable discharge from the Marines, he again opted to re-enlist, this time in the Army, and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany with the Military Police, guarding the Allied High Command Headquarters.
Upon leaving the military, he enrolled at the University of Buffalo, from which he graduated in 1957 with a degree in Sociology. He earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Rochester, followed by his Doctorate degree from Michigan State.
He was a college professor, first at University of Maine Orono for 1 year, in 1964, then at Gorham State College, UMPG, and USM, until his retirement in 1989.
He is survived by a son, Stu Lacognata, of Scarborough, ME, and his partner Jane David of London, England, a daughter, Suzanne Cohen, and her husband Lawrence Cohen, Esq. of Newton, MA, a niece, Joyce Berry of Irvine CA, five grandchildren, Alex and Elizabeth Lacognata, Ashley Allen, Summer and Lily Pillsbury, one great grandchild, Wyatt Allen, and his ex-wife and one of his closest friends Esther Lacognata. He was also the brother of the late Mildred Wilcox, Sally McCrae and Carl Lacognata
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation from 4 – 6 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.
Burial will be private.
Biddeford, ME – Kenneth Mark “Kenny” Evans, 56, of Biddeford, died on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Mercy Hospital following a prolonged three-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Biddeford, ME on January 1, 1961, the youngest of seven children, to the late Franklin and Janette (Libby) Evans.
A class of 1979 graduate of Biddeford High School, Kenny was self-employed as an independent contractor and carpenter for thirty-five years throughout Southern Maine. An active member of the Sons of the Amvets Post #1, Kenny enjoyed spending evenings at the club with his friends, playing darts, horse shoes and cribbage. Kenny had a passion for the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and growing vegetables in his garden; growing more than he needed so he could share with everyone, especially his pickles. He also shared his time, skills and knowledge as a carpenter with friends and family and was also an avid reader of science fiction and adventure stories.
Kenny is survived by his longtime partner Debbie Underwood of Biddeford; his children Christopher Evans of Windham, Cory Underwood of Biddeford and Lee-Ann Craig and her husband Aaron and their son James of Sagamihara, Japan. He also leaves his four sisters Judy, Dumont and her husband Larry of Biddeford, Beverly Berry and her husband John of Waterboro, Dale Huot and her husband Ron of Arundel and Susan Simkuowitz and her husband Dave of Saco as well as his brother Jim Evans and his wife Nancy of Hudson, FL. He was also the brother of the late Stanley Evans and his wife Sue Evans.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 4:00 – closing at the Amvets Post #1, 147 Alfred Street, Biddeford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kennebunk Animal Shelter and will be consolidated at the celebration of life.
Lewiston, ME – Virginia A. (Goodrich) Campbell, 72, of Lewiston, died on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Maine Medical Center, Portland after suffering a stroke.
She was born on August 6, 1944 in Fairfield, ME a daughter of the late Iran “Ira” Armour and Annie (Quimby)Armour. Virginia was married seventeen years and was a stay at home during that time; after her divorce, she married two more times to both James “007” Bond(deceased) and Ivan Campbell of Lewiston.
Virginia was an extremely social woman who enjoyed knitting blankets and scarves for the neighborhood children, going shopping at Wal-Mart, taking long rides in the country and caring for her dog Chavo. However, spending time with her family was her greatest joy. She was a loving, caring and free spirited person, who touched many people throughout her lifetime.
She is survived by her children Darlene Alvarado of Lisbon, Patricia “Patty” Goodrich of Lewiston, Muriel “Meredith” Walton of Concord, NH, Elroy “Evan” “EJ” Pulkkinen of Lewiston and Ellen Armour of Lewiston and Elisha Armour of Lewiston. She also leaves her grandchildren Nicole Alvarado of Topsham, Serena Castonguay of Lewiston, Ezekiel and Isabella Graham of Lewiston as well as her great grandchildren Ethyn and Carter Alvarado of Topsham. Her sister Carol M Armour of Clinton, Me. She was also the Mother of the late Virginia Goodrich, Sherry “Cheris” Zenowitz and Leroy “Sonny” Goodrich Jr. as well as the sister of the late Donald, Eugene and Sidney Armour and Christine L. Marin.
The family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the Maine Medical Center for all their support and care Virginia received until the very end. Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff.
Yarmouth, ME – Wayne N. Collins, 77, of Yarmouth passed away at his home on Thursday, April 6, 2017 with his wife and son by his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Sheila (Ricker) Collins.
He was born in Portland, ME on April 18, 1939 a son of the late Newton T. & Marion E. (Mansfield) Collins. Wayne was a painter all his life, starting at age 14 painting houses with his father. At age 17 he and his two brothers all joined the US Army under the buddy system and all went to boot camp together. Once they finished boot camp the three of them shipped off to Korea and stationed along the DMZ. They were in the same company although different battalions.
Upon his discharge from the Army, Wayne went right back to painting, owning his own business for a short time. He moved to Florida around 1971 for a short stint where he worked as a yacht painter for Spencer Boat Company in Florida and a few times was even flown out to the Bahamas to paint a yacht or sailboat for someone.
In 1975 he came back to Maine and married his high school sweetheart, Sheila Ricker; they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in December 2016. He went to work for Bath Iron Works, retiring in 2000; however retirement bored him and he took a part time job as the Portland Country Club, a job that lasted 14 years.
Wayne enjoyed traveling with Sheila and his favorite destination was Myrtle Beach, SC. The two of them spent time there each winter for 22 years and made many lifelong friends. He enjoyed playing cribbage and dominoes and he thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf, even scoring a hole in one at Toddy Brook Golf Course when they first opened.
Wayne was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed helping people, working around his home and spending time with family and friends.
Besides his wife Sheila, he is survived by his son Dwayne Collins and his wife Tina of Auburn, his daughter Nada Russell, his brother Russell Collins and his wife April of North Yarmouth, seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He also leaves a brother-in-law Gary Ricker and his wife Pat of Yarmouth, two sister-in-laws Shirley Lessard and her husband Paul of Topsham and Joyce Tanguay and her husband Don of South Portland as well as his mother-in-law Mary Burns of Yarmouth and many nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Teresa Campbell and Nelson Collins and a brother of the late Bill Collins, Esther Flanders and Barbara Collins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. at First Parish Church, 116 Main Street Yarmouth.
Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Wayne’s memory can be made to:
Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Hospice of Southern Maine or American Cancer Society of Maine